Posts Tagged ‘peace’

Heartfelt Poem from Mary Lou Meyers

Thursday, December 24th, 2020
Here is a beautiful poem by my classmate Mary Lou that seems perfect for this difficult time when I wish you not only Peace on Earth but a renewed spirit to help us weather the storm of COVID-19. ellensue
Stay By the Fireside Bright
Keep safe and low key,
a few family members and trustworthy friends,
know where they’ve been.
The words of Dr. Fouche, soon to be 80
on Christmas Eve.
He’s been weathering the storm of controversy
in his own way, staying the course,
facts and figures he displays to the public.
Steady as you go,
let Christmas Past last through the holiday,
outside the Rack and Ruin of those
who didn’t abide the strategy for staying alive.
200,000 to 300,000 cases each day
throughout the USA.
California, a basket case
running out of ICU beds.
Murder rates escalate

See how the moonlight shines on the snow,

we haven’t had a white scene for so long it seems;
outside a planetary show, Jupiter and Saturn
within a hair’s breath of each other.
Only a phone call away those
we love to share our special day.
Still closer than ever the challenge to remain safe,
our task at hand through the thick and thin of it,
Steady as you go
Watch with delight the local color unfold
when you fill your feeder:
the Cardinal in his bright robe as if St Nick were here
to give you the cheer of the season.  The Blue Jay
sizes them all up and seizes the moment
to snatch the biggest seed,
while the red-headed woodpecker indulges in the suet
like hasty pudding, you can almost see his stomach expand
as we do ours after turkey or ham and all the trimmings.
Watch the antics of the squirrel dip and dive into his cache,
don’t mind if he crosses your path, he’s free of the disease.
Shower Love upon those both near and a phone call away
lifting you to an understanding of Humankind’s Fate
is with you today to obey the stay-at-home,
and synchronize your clock, a new Day is about to come.
The stars of righteousness and light are with you tonight,
showing the way through the Pandemic,
and shining brightly on those who observe
the stay-at-home remembrances.


Become a Peacemaker

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

On this first day of the New Year, I just completed Deepak Chopra’s seven-day “Be a Peacemaker” course, which was simplistic and to the point. Each day there was a one or two-minute video followed by suggestions on how you can become a peacemaker.

The entire lesson took less than the time I am taking to write this posting, although he asks you to journal on the topic, so that may take a little more time….well spent!


Here is my certificate:DailyOM_Certificate



In the last session, he asks us to invite two people to do the course, and I am asking Daily OM how to do that on my website. In the meantime, here is an excerpt from the course, Lesson 4, Speaking Peace:

Once words are uttered, they can never be taken back. Hurtful words, unkind words, false gossip can never be unheard once the recipient receives them.

In Buddhist practice, it is recommended that people ask themselves if the words they are about to utter can pass through the four gates of speech, which is as follows:

1. Is it true?
2. Is it kind?
3. Is it necessary?
4. Is it the right moment to say it?


I think that words are very powerful, and as Deepak states, once spoken they cannot be taken back. So if you are experiencing difficulties with a friend or loved one, be careful how and what you say. If we want peace in the world, it has to start with each one of us!

A familiar quote comes to mind after I did this course:

There is no way to PEACE: Peace IS the way!

This is the photo from from which I took the course:
Be a Peacemaker.

I wish all of you a Happy, Healthful, and Peaceful New Year!